Council officials, who included human resources director Matthew Marara, Tapiwa Gona (head of public lighting), Tonderai Mukora (surveyor), Believer Mupandawana, Tineyi Kureva, Magaret Sarudzai George, Mazano Zvakanyorwa, Wellington Tauya, Austin Tapiwanashe, Rudo Pauline Chigocha, Timothy Majena, Bernard Mkuna and Kizito Chikowore, who are all on remand were allegedly the brains behind the scam.
In executing the plan, the HCC employees identified open spaces in Kuwadzana 3, 4, 5 and 6, and allegedly created a fictitious payment scheme and originated fake layout plans before they fraudulently connected water and created sundry accounts for the purpose of selling the stands to home seekers.
Thereafter, a total of 150 stands in Kuwadzana were allegedly handed over to Tapiwa Gona, who disposed of them through Northway Real Estate Agency without council approval.
Gona is already on remand over the same issue.
The money would be deposited into Gona’s personal account to be shared among the accomplices.
As a result of the alleged fraud, council suffered financial prejudice of US$1 141 779,50, being the value of the stands disposed of and nothing was recovered.
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